Home Remedies for Tanning – Do it Yourself at Home
Are you one of the persons who want to get tan skin to look dark and handsome? If yes, you are not alone to think like this. We are living in a culture that is so obsessed with a tan. People spend money, time, and risk their health, and for what? Some skin color we are not blessed with & want to look perfect. People think that’s attractive, fashionable, and is a sign of good health.
There are times we like to fake our tan because of so many reasons. Being in the sun can boosts levels of serotonin (nature’s own drug to alleviate anxiety). Also, it produces vitamin D, which is good for bones, skin, and teeth. Some people think that a sun-tan can give them a healthy glowing appearance. Western people are so obsessed with tanning as compared to other cultures of the world. They would do anything to get tanned. This tan skin obsession is increasing in teens so much that they won’t follow any skin-care regime for themselves.
Ideally, everyone is taught and given the right information about sun protection at a very young age. To seek shade, apply sunscreen, wear full clothes, and never tan are the essential lessons which we all have been told. But we do not start this until we age a little. We forget all these learnings and starts tanning our skin, copying others to look attractive and different. As the summer rolls around, I see everyone trying so hard to get a bronzed look skin tan to hang around on the beaches, try different sunglass shades, and pool parties.
IS TANNING HEALTHY?
A tan whether you get on a beach, outdoors, in a bed or through incidental exposure is so harmful to your overall health. Sun exposure or spending time in tanning booths is damaging our skin and is increasing skin cancer chances. A tan only begins when dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays deeply penetrate your skin and starts messing with your DNA.
Fair-skinned people might not get tan before burning their skin. Burning skin means that sun exposure has killed your skin cells. The skin damage that starts at the very beginning of tanning is also harmful. Trying to get that extra tan by sun exposure only damages the skin as it is only a defense mechanism after skin damage gets started. People who are trying to get tanned are only harming themselves in the long run.
HOW SKIN TANS
Sunlight travels to earth with both visible and invisible rays. Some rays are not harmful to us. But UV rays are dangerous as they are a kind of radiation. There is a myth spreading around is that extra melanin can protect their skin. Melanin is a pigment found in skin cells that are produced when ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin.
The more you expose yourself under the sun means more production of melanin resulting in dark brown skin. Yes, melanin can indeed protect you by absorbing UV rays up to some extent as it acts as a natural sunscreen. UV-A UV-B both are harmful rays which damage to DNA in a manner which contributes to skin cancer. UV-A breaks the natural collagen, which is the support structure of the skin. Without collagen skin wrinkles, thins, and weakens. This can cause premature skin aging.
HEALTH RISK OF TANNING
Overexposure to harmful UV rays can cause many damages which are-
Premature skin aging – With overexposure to harmful UV rays, the skin loses its elasticity, develops wrinkles, and spots. All this leads to premature skin aging.
Skin cancer – Deeply penetrating UV rays can damage the DNA of your skin cell and can interfere with your ability to fight cancer.
Eye damage – Trying to get dark skin out in the sun and even in tan booths without eye protection can lead to cataracts and snow blindness.
Weak immune system – Decreasing the effects of immunizations, increasing sensitivity to sunlight, and can cause you to have reactions with certain medicines.
UV vs. SUNLESS TANNING
Many types of research have stated that any kind of UV tan is harmful, whether it is sun-tan or tan by booths or tan bed. Tanning beds also use UVA rays where you are exposed to a higher concentration of UVA rays. There is no such thing as safe UV tan. Tan achieved without the UV rays are safe compared to UV tan. The active ingredient in sunless tanners is a coloring agent DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which combines with amino acids in the skin resulting in a brown develop a skin.
UV RAYS PROTECTION
There are several ways in which we can protect ourselves from dangerous UV rays even if we hang outdoors. Adding these basics in your daily skin regime can get you protected from the sun.
LIMIT SUN EXPOSURE – Sun rays are strongest after 10 am, and 4 pm so try to avoid direct sun contact at his crucial time. Remember that you are in the sun exposure on even cloudy days.
USE SUNSCREEN – Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen i.e., protects from UVA & UVB rays. With sun protective factor (SPF) above 15 or if your light-skinned an SPF 30 or more is advisable for you, apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before leaving for outdoors and reapply it after every 2 hours.
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING – Long-sleeved shirts and full pants will provide you the protection you need from direct sun exposure. Tightly woven fabric offers the best protection.
WEAR A HAT – The market nowadays offers a lot of variety of UV rays protection hats and caps. Always wear a hat to avoid sun exposure.
SUNGLASSES – Never forget to wear eye-protective polarized, and UV protecting sunglass.
HOW TO REMOVE SUNTAN
I have often seen people seeking advice from dermatologist, and people on how to remove sun tan from face and how to remove sun tan from arms. I have put several ideas on how to remove skin tan; maybe you can find these useful.
LEMON JUICE & HONEY
With bleaching effect, lemon juice is perfect for removing tan. Honey brings moisture into the skin.
- Mix lemon juice and tablespoon honey in a bowl.
- You can also add some sugar to exfoliate the dead skin cells of your skin.
- Gently apply and massage on your affected skin for 2 minutes.
- Leave it for 30 minutes and wash off, pat dry.
PINEAPPLE PULP AND HONEY
Packed with bromelain enzyme, vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants Pineapple fights free radicals in the skin and helps remove inflammation. Also helps in undo sun damage, and make the skin toned and glowing.
- Drop 4-5 freshly chopped pineapple cubes into a blender, add a spoon, honey.
- Blend until it develops into a smooth paste.
- Apply evenly on your affected skin parts in a circular motion.
- Wash it off after 20 minutes.
MASOOR DAL (RED LENTILS), ALOE VERA, AND TOMATO FACE PACK
Tomatoes are packed with antioxidant named lycopene fights free radicals in skin cells. Masoor dal is a perfect remedy when it comes to removing skin tan. Aloe Vera reduces irritation, inflammations, and also it moisturizes the skin.
- Soak 2 tbsp masoor dal in water for 2 hours to soften in.
- Drain the water, put in a blender.
- Add two teaspoon fresh tomato juice and one teaspoon aloe vera juice.
- Blend it until turns into a smooth paste.
- Apply smoothly on the affected skin.
- Leave it for 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with cold water.
HONEY AND PAPAYA
Honey is full of antioxidants to remove free radicals from the skin. The honey also provides moisture to the surface. Papaya is enriched with enzymes that have skin bleaching and exfoliating properties.
- Take 4-5 cubes of fresh ripped papaya.
- Add honey and make a paste with fork or spoon.
- Apply evenly on the affected skin area in a circular motion.
- Leave it for 20-30 minutes.
- Wash it off and pat dry.
Potato juice and even potato peel can significantly improve your skin health. It also acts as a bleaching agent. Potato is also used to treat dark spots and blemishes.
- Grate a potato and collect the juice.
- Apply directly on to the skin in a circular motion.
- Let it stay for 10-15 minutes.
- Wash it off and pat dry.
GRAM FLOUR AND TURMERIC
Gram flour is widely used to lighten the skin tone. Turmeric with its antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties can do wonders or skin. It also reduces redness from blemishes.
- Mix 1 teaspoon turmeric in 2 tablespoon gram flour with milk or rose water.
- Develop into a smooth paste.
- Apply evenly on the affected skin areas.
- Leave it for 10 minutes.
- Gently scrub with lukewarm water.
- Rinse and pat dry
CUCUMBER, LEMON, AND ROSEWATER
Cucumber is always recommended for tanned, damaged, and sunburnt skin. It has a cooling effect and removes tan. Lemon works as a bleaching agent for skin.
- Grate some cucumber and drain out its juice in a bowl.
- Add lemon juice & 1 teaspoon rose water.
- Apply on to the skin using a cotton ball.
- Wash it off after 15 minutes.
OATMEAL, HONEY, AND YOGURT FACE PACK
Oatmeal has amino acids in it, which can lighten marks, skin discoloration. Vitamin E in oatmeal makes skin dewy and glow. Yogurt contains lactic acid that dissolves dead skin cells. Yogurt rejuvenates and makes the skin glow.
- Add two tablespoon oatmeal into a blender.
- Add honey and plain yogurt, make a smooth paste.
- Apply in a massaging motion on the affected skin.
- Leave it until dry.
- Gently wash it off with lukewarm water.
If you are suffering from specific body parts tan, then there are specific home remedies for that too. You can check out your refrigerator for the stuff we can use.
REMOVING TAN FROM FEET
Feet exposed to the sun can get tanned easily. No one can wear shoes all the time, and slippers can develop a tan quickly if you have a light-toned skin.
- Prepare lemon sugar juice.
- You can make a jar full of for regular use; store in the refrigerator.
- Exfoliate your feet with the liquid in a circular motion for about 4-5 minutes.
- Wash it off.
- Prepare a de-tanning mask using lemon juice and milk.
- Apply all over the skin and leave it for 10 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
- Use it regularly to remove tan from feet quickly.
REMOVING TAN FROM FACE
Getting face tan is as common as it is the body part which remains uncovered under light exposure.
- Make a paste using a rosewater and one tablespoon pure sandalwood powder.
- Apply evenly on face and neck to de-tan.
- Let it stay for 10 minutes.
- Wash it off with cold water.
- Repeat every other day for best results.
REMOVING TAN FROM HANDS, AND ARMS
Hands and arms are often ignored in skincare regimes, so they suffer a lot from tan and dead skins. Regular exfoliation can get you rid of tan.
Lemon and potato work as a bleaching agent for skin. You can get your natural skin tone using these two.
- Prepare oatmeal and yogurt paste.
- Exfoliate your skin using a circular motion for about 4-5 minutes.
- Use cold water to rinse it off.
- Grate a potato and drain out the juice in a bowl.
- Mix lemon juice into the potato juice.
- Apply evenly on the hands and arms.
- Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water.
All these are some home remedies for removing tan. I hope you can try some of these and comment your review about these.